Special Topics in Art: Exploring Encaustic Painting with Beeswax (AE 5560.01)

June 16th, 2010 by Bridget

August 2 – 6, 9:00 – 4:30 with guest Artist, Kim Bernard (kmbernard1@plymouth.edu)

Encaustic, meaning, “to burn in” in Greek, is an art form dating back to the5th Century BC.  Used as a contemporary medium it is a versatile method ofpainting with a beeswax based paint and a heated palette.   This hands-on studio course will introduce participants to  safety, supports, encaustic history and contemporary use while providing demonstrations and opportunity to practice and apply  2D techniques which include making encaustic medium,application, fusing, color mixing, etching, texturizing, graphite and Xerox transfers, collaging, embedding and incorporating found objects.

Participants will further explore 3D applications which include reverse stenciling, assemblage and applying encaustic to 3D forms. Daily slide presentations will expose participants to a variety of artists working with encaustic. Participants will be each provided with a hot palette, heatgun, torch, encaustic assortment kit, encaustic medium, pigment sticks, monotype paper,panels/supports, pigments, ground, stencils and much more. Open to beginning, middle, and advanced students.